Most critical role zinc plays is in the synthesis of the nucleic acids RNA and DNA, which are essential for cell division, cell repair, and cell growth.
Zinc deficiency can cause miscarriage and birth defects, loss of taste acuity and poor appetite.
Zinc is highly concentrated in the eye. As it is an antioxidant it helps to protect from free radical damage.
Zinc is required during glucose metabolism.
A sign of deficiency of zinc is when food either has no taste or smell at all, or taste or smell unpleasant.
Low levels of zinc means decreased level of immune protection
Low zinc level are always found in diabetic patient. This is correlated to the glucose metabolism idea mentioned above.
Zinc has ben shown to inhibit the production of prolactin, a pituitary hormone.
Zinc supplementation plays a role in the prevention of prostate cancer.
Zinc prevent the absorption of lead and cadmium (both that are toxic to the body).
Zinc is an essential component of superoxide, an antioxidant made by the body to combat free radicals.
Several drugs including alcohol, diuretics and oral contraceptives interfere with zinc absorption.
Copper intake (through copper pipes) and calcium carbonate (found in hard tap water) interferes with zinc absorption.
Meat, poultry (dark meat), fish and other seafood, liver, eggs, legumes.
Supplement in form of zinc gluconate and zinc citrate.
Symptoms of Zinc toxicity are gastrointestinal irritation and vomiting,